Senate Dress Code No Longer Applies to Senators—Like John Fetterman—Just to Everyone Else

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September 18, 2023

United States senators no longer have to follow a dress code, even as staff and visitors to the chamber still have to obey a business attire policy.

"Senators are able to choose what they wear on the Senate floor," Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) told Axios. "I will continue to wear a suit."

According to Fox News, while senators can now wear whatever they please on the floor, others are still held to the old dress code.

"Others entering the chamber must comply with the dress code. Coats/ties for men. Business attire for women," Fox News reporter Chad Pergram said.

The change in policy will most benefit Democratic senator John Fetterman (Pa.), who regularly wears gym clothes to work, Axios reported:

The new directive will allow Sen. John Fetterman (D-Pa.), who tends to favor gym shorts and hoodies over the business attire traditionally required in the chamber, to linger on the Senate floor before and after votes.

Fetterman, who was elected last year, initially followed Senate tradition and wore suits. But since returning to the Senate after being treated for clinical depression earlier this year, he frequently has sported the casual look he was known for as Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor.

Fetterman last week wore an oversized button-up and shorts when he gave a strange response to President Joe Biden's impeachment inquiry in the House.

"Oh my God, really? Oh my gosh, it’s devastating," Fetterman mockingly said when he was asked about the probe into the president.

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